Command Tracking in High Performance Aircrafts

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A new dynamic inversion design


This paper proposes a new straight forward technique based on dynamic inversion, which is applied for tracking the pilot commands in high performance aircrafts. Pilot commands assumed in longitudinal mode are normal acceleration and total velocity (while roll angle and lateral acceleration are maintained at zero). In lateral mode, roll rate and total velocity are used as pilot commands (while climb rate and lateral acceleration are maintained at zero). Ensuring zero lateral acceleration leads to a better turn co-ordination. A six degree-of-freedom model of F-16 aircraft is used for both control design as well as simulation studies. Promising results are obtained which are found to be superior as compared to an existing approach (which is also based on dynamic inversion). The new approach has two potential benefits, namely reduced oscillatory response and reduced control magnitude. Another advantage of this approach is that it leads to a significant reduction of tuning parameters in the control design process.

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IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline) (2007, Toulouse)


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Publication Date

01 Jan 2007